Posted by: softypapa | March 26, 2008

Japanese Ceremonial Sake Cup Gold Plated Metal Sakazuki

Sakazuki Sake Cup Guinomi Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Sakazuki Sake Cup Guinomi Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Sakazuki Sake Cup Guinomi Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Sakazuki Sake Cup Guinomi Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Sakazuki Sake Cup Guinomi Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Sakazuki Sake Cup Guinomi Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa 


Vintage Japanese ceremonial sake cup.  Such cups are called sakazuki in Japan where they are used to commemorate important events such as birthdays, anniversaries and other significant milestones.  This splendid vintage sakazuki ceremonial sake cup is made of metal plated with 24 carat gold.  The cup is in good condition with only small marks and scratches from handling and possible past use and dates from the mid to late Japanese Showa period (1926-1989).  The cup was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt. Fuji.  Click here to see more sake cups!

Size of cup:
Height: 1.1 inches (2.8 centimeters)
Diameter: 3.6 inches (9.2 centimeters)
Weight: 4.0 ounces (115 grams)

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More about Japanese sake and sake utensils

Sake has long been an important part of Japanese culture.  In the past, sake was considered a very special item, reserved for only the most important occasions, such as weddings, birth celebrations and other auspicious events.  Sake was considered a sacred drink, and accordingly the first glass poured was always offered to the gods before the remainder could be shared among the celebrants.  Sake can be served either warm or cold and special sake flasks are used to both prepare and dispense this unique Japanese drink.  Sake is warmed either by immersing the flask (already filled with sake of course) into warm water until the desired temperature is reached or through the use of a special sake kettle called a choshi.  The latter method however, though common in old Japan, is today usually reserved for ceremonial events only.  Over time, sake utensils, such as cups have developed their own ritual significance which is still evident in modern Japan.  For example, it is today common at Japanese engagement parties for the man and woman to exchange sake cups as a sign of their mutual intent to marry.  Very beautiful sake cups are also given away to celebrate the birth of a child, as these cherished items are considered symbolic of the significance of the new parent-child relationship.  Though normally small in size, sake cups and flasks have long been used in Japan as a medium for the expression of art and calligraphy.  Hand-painted cups and flasks are highly collectable both within and outside Japan and are eagerly sought after by collectors who value their utilitarian nature and artistic splendor.

item code: R4S2B2-0004615
category code:  SAKECUP
ship code: L1650



  1. How is the price for one or a pair of these sake cups?

  2. I have a beautiful pair of Sakazuki cups, they are different than any I have seen on the web, they stand on a little base and have a stem like a very small wine glass. Does anyone know where I might be able to sell them?

    • Hello Suzanne, I recommend eBay as a good place to try selling your cups. Fixed price format might be a good choice as it could take some time to find the right buyer and this format is the most cost-effective choice for long-term listings which need good eBay exposure. -Kurt 🙂

  3. Dear Sir/Madam ,


    I have 3 sakazuki sake cups with emperor’s crest of 16 petals I bought this in a thrift shop in the Alabang it comes with plane sake cup engrave with prefectural assembly member Nagahiko Mita and a certain Mr Takasago I went to K&Mary consultancy office besides the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines for kanji-japanese translation of the digital image of the engravings. I believe was used in a traditional Japanese wedding the original set includes mon from the Tokugawa clan,Prime Minister’s Crest unfortunetly i didn’t acquire for lack of funds.

    I just need to ask if this are your’s if you have any info about this very precious wedding memento with mon kiku which is a part of your family honor if not I intend to sell this in an auction.

    Thank You,
    Regina Cieli Estrada

    You can taske a look at my sakazuki cups at my freindster

    • Hello Regina, Thank you for writing. I’m not aware of any family connection with these cups though I do appreciate your asking. Thanks again and good luck with your sales. Sincerely, Kurt Bell

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